Magazine | July 4, 2011, Issue



It had its origins in the sandy past

Of Atlantic City, the old boardwalk

And the short blocks, the brief alleys

And small businesses with names

Decalled over long empty windows.

Pepper Alley they called one Italian street;

The Church of St. Michael the Archangel

Still stands, but across from a vast

Parking lot, of the kind Ducktown

Had no need for in the past, when houses

Were built for family use, small yet

Somehow roomy, facing the Atlantic wind;

Eventually demolished to make room

For cars, and the extra space they require

And the nothing else they need.

Ducktown Tavern Open 24-7: a neon

Reminder that whatever the changes,

It’s hard to kill a name, and you are in Jersey.

In This Issue


Politics & Policy

Growing Pains

Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, is determined to be the presidential candidate for those conservatives who believe that Republicans have lately been concentrating too much on cutting the ...
Politics & Policy

Friends in Need

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Virtual Manhood

Rodney Dangerfield, the late comedian famous for his “No Respect” routine, used to do a bit in his act about how to deal with the awkwardness of the morning after ...


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Growth Formulas

Cut Taxes ALAN REYNOLDS Federal spending is scheduled to remain above 24 percent of GDP, five percentage points higher than the 19.2 percent average of 1997–2007. Pushing the highest tax rates higher ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Way of Grace

When Terrence Malick returned to filmmaking in 1998 after a 20-year hiatus, no critic wanted to point out that the genius director’s re-entry had landed with a thud. So The ...
Politics & Policy

Grand Tours

In February 1825, a young graduate of Harvard College named Ralph Waldo Emerson paid a visit to the 89-year-old former president John Adams at his home in Quincy, Mass. Sitting ...
Politics & Policy

An Eye for the Real

The English geneticist J. B. S. Haldane, though an incorrigible commie pinko, was a tart and brilliant observer of life’s panoply. “My own suspicion,” he wrote, “is that the universe ...



Weiner’s Law

Language changes quickly, given the proper nudge. Three years ago the phrase “Weiner tweeted his schnitzel” would have made you think he’d invented a wind instrument out of a sausage; ...
Politics & Policy


DUCKTOWN It had its origins in the sandy past Of Atlantic City, the old boardwalk And the short blocks, the brief alleys And small businesses with names Decalled over long empty windows. Pepper Alley they called ...
Happy Warrior

Coffee Crash

This fall marks the centenary of William Mitchell. You may not have heard of him, but in his day he was a big cheese. Indeed, he was a big processed ...
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Womyn and Males Jay Nordlinger’s “War of Words” (June 20) prompted me to think of the loss of “ladies and gentlemen,” so common in my generation. Here is The New York ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Newt Gingrich’s aides seem to be leaving him for a younger, more attractive candidate. ‐ American forces have routed the Taliban in its traditional strongholds in Kandahar and Helmand provinces ...
The Bent Pin

It’s Complicated

A postcard from Upgraded America, our new and improved country where everything that used to be simple has become as overcomplicated as possible . . . It began with reading glasses. ...
The Long View

The Republican Presidential Debate

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